Company cars - will there be a takeover by the battery-car brigade? Image: Supplied
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Would YOU drive an electric company car?

  • 69% of company-car drivers likely to go electric
  • Only 25% of UK employers offer a battery car
  • 940 000 company cars registered in the UK
ELECTRIC CARS - SUCH A CHOICE: Fleet managers in the UK have a huge choice of battery-buggies for staff vehicles. Image: Supplied
ELECTRIC CARS – SUCH A CHOICE: Fleet managers in the UK have a huge choice of battery-buggies for staff vehicles. Image: Supplied

The claim comes from research delivered to a ‘Future of the Car’ gathering in London.

Go Ultra Low, a government/automotive industry campaign, has reported that a survey of UK company-car drivers found only 25% of employers offered is employees an electric vehicle.

Company cars - will there be a takeover by the battery-car brigade? Image: Supplied
UK TRANSPORT MINISTER: John Hayes is hoping there will be a change to electric cars in company vehicle fleets.  Image: Supplied

Of those not already electric, 69% said they would be ‘likely’ to choose an EV as their next company car; 86% of those with the choice said they would go electric when their current car was replaced.

NEW ERA COMING

Up to October 2016, the report said, more than 30 000 electric cars had been registered in the UK with about 70% going to businesses. Government data shows 940 000 currently registered to businesses.

The UK’s transport minister, John Hayes, said: “Low-emissions vehicles have enormous potential to usher in an era for road transport and we have committed £600-million (R10.2-billion) to make them the natural choice.

“Employees want to drive them; making fleets zero-emissions would improve air quality and reduce corporate costs.”

FIRST COLLABORATIVE CAMPAIGN

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “Fleets and businesses have the lion’s share of the UK’s new-car market and the potential to accelerate low-emissions sales. Businesses must realise their benefits.”

Go Ultra Low is intended to generate understanding of the benefits of electric vehicles, claims to be the first collaborative campaign of its kind, and involves automakers, the UK government and the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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